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Extra law enforcement (Police, Sheriff and State Patrol) are on the lookout for unbuckled motorists.
Why? Increases in seatbelt use mean decreases in Traffic Deaths.
Expect to see large numbers of Police, Sheriff and State Patrol officers patrolling Washington roadways. The Traffic Safety Commission is distributing federal funds to increase seat belt law enforcement patrols statewide.
Seat Belt Law Violators.
More than 120 law enforcement agencies, in addition to the State Patrol, are participating in stepped up enforcement efforts with the goal of increasing our seat belt use rates statewide. Publicity efforts are also underway, so Click it or Ticket!
The goal of the project is to reduce the number ofserious injuries and deaths from collisions by increasing seat belt use.
Some people think that they don't need to wear a seat belt because they have an air bag, but just the opposite is true. An air bag can kill an unbuckled person. A teenage driver in Yakima was killed in a fender bender collision when her air bag deployed. She was not buckled up and the air bag slammed her head against her vehicle door.
Most people wear their seat belt; in fact, 94% of motorists are buckled up. Seat belt use has been required under Washington law since 1986.
Research shows that a seat belt increases a person's chance of surviving a collision by up to 70%. This means that a person wearing a seat belt has a 70% better chance of surviving a collision than someone who is not buckled up. More than 550 people die each year on Washington's roads.
Collisions are costly and society picks up the tab. Medical costs from collisions amount to about $276 million each year in Washington. Your tax dollars pay 30% of that price tag. An unbelted driver's medical costs average $ 11,000 more than those of a seat-belted driver.
A seat belt ticket costs $101 and a driver can be ticketed for every unbuckled passenger in a car who is under age 16. Passengers age 16 and older can be given their own seat belt ticket, even if they are not driving.
So Please buckle up.
Remember: CLICK IT OR TICKET.